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James D. Madden

Divorce and separation Attorney at Upland, CA

4.6   20 reviews
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

I am a California Certified Family Law Specialist. I have been practicing since 2002 with an emphasis in the area of family law, including child custody/visitation, child/spousal support, division of assets and debts and the whole host of issues that are very often intertwined in the dissolution process. Domestic violence routinely arises in the divorce setting and the manner in which it is dealt with is often crucial from the outset. I have spent the majority of my career as a litigator more comfortable in the courtroom than behind a desk. Clearly, no one calls an attorney because things are going well. However, there is always something that can be done to improve the situation and it is imperative to be proactive. If you have legal questions, please give me a call and let's talk about it. It may not be what you want to hear, but the information will be honest, straightforward and what you need to know.

Cash, check and credit cards accepted.  Payment options may be available. 

Location

MADDEN AND ASSOCIATES
255 W. Foothill Blvd., Ste. 201
Upland, CA, 91786

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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Great attorney who is honest and looks out for his clients. Represented our teenage son against a female adult and her daughter who created fake texts and emails in an attempt to blackmail him.
Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Complicated Case
I have been working with James Madden for over a year. My case is complicated and my X mis-states facts in both mediation and court, which adds a lot of stress. But Jim assured me that the truth would prevail. He took the time to fully read and understand my financial history (for the child support hearing) as well as my history with my ex-husband, which includes a stay away order (for the visitation hearing). I needed my story to be heard by the judge and Jim made sure I was able to do that. In the end, I am happy with the outcome on all of our trials. I would highly recommend Jim to anyone looking for representation in family law.
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Posted by Jillian | April 21, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Divorce Attorney
I have consulted with Jim on numerous matters and he is consistently knowledgeable, honest, concerned, and solution-oriented. I highly recommend him for family law matters.
Posted by Mark | August 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cop vs con custody battle
My son came for vacation decided he didn't want to return to his mother on account of home life and new boyfriend she hit me with emergency custody and was informed by her sneaky lawyer day before court James was the only lawyer out of about 20 who felt he could help me everyone else said I was going to lose because I was a convicted felon and she was a cop i was granted temp custody till next court hearing I personally felt I was going to have to give up my son his mother made me look real bad but James saw through the false claims and got me custody of my son I was real pleased with his performance i wouldn't have my son if not for him.... He is a great lawyer would highly recomend him .....
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Posted by Arianna Espinosa | August 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best family attorney around
Mr. Madden took my case when nobody else would. Every attorney I had spoken with told me that my ex was going to win. I called Mr. Madden after speaking to him he WANTED my case. He fought long and hard for me. He went above and beyond his legal obligation to me as an attorney. In the beginning the ball was so far out of my court that I had begin to give up!!! He fought harder than I was ever capable of fighting. In the end I had won. I am now happily living with my son. Mr. Madden was able to pick me up when I felt I was not able to continue. If you want an attorney that is going to fight for you like you were one of his own I would suggest him!!!!
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Posted by Nick | August 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Divorce Attorney
I highly recommend James Madden as a Divorce attorney. His Law firm is very professional and efficient. James really makes you feel important and he has always been available to talk or meet in person. James always had my best interest when representing me in my divorce case and every time we went to court we got very positive results. I cant say enough good thing s about Mr. Madden and his law firm of CKB Vienna. Mr. Madden represents that law firm with the utmost respect and has represented me in my Divorce with the utmost respect and I am so glad I had him as my attorney. Mr. Madden is very knowledgeable with family law and was very professional in our court room appearances. I will continue to use Mr. Madden and CBK Vienna for any and all my legal circumstances. I would highly recommend anyone needing a Family law lawyer to at least get a consultation with Mr. James Madden.
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Posted by Michael B | July 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I have all faith in his work
Mr Madden is representing me for my case for divorce and custody. He is a very prepared attorney and I truly feel he has my best interest at the forefront. We went to court for custody after my ex tried only giving me 1st and 3rd weekends of the month. Not only did I get to keep my four days a week but he got me everything to go in my favor and made opposing counsel look like a rookie. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a great lawyer!
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Posted by Brent | July 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
David Slays Golliath: Underdog in move away case & I listened to Madden & it worked out
Sons mothers moved away. He was only 1 but I had 22 percent custody and she was just trying to take my son from me. I listened to Madden, it was stressfull, expensive, and alot of work, but everything worked out. I was elated. My sons mother moved back and I have 50 percent custody. Afterwards I reffered Madden two friends and he handled their divorces and another friend interned for him after graduating law school. Madden is a local guy, he knows the courts and he knows everyone from the judges to the sheriffs. He's experienced and if I hadn't hired him I probably would have an uncle type of relationship with my son and not the close father-son bond we have today.
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Posted by Alicia Cole | April 11, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Civil Restraining Order.
I hired Mr. Madden last minute after being granted a temporary restraining order against the mother of my Fiance's son. I needed help moving forward with the permanent order and was desperate. This case was complicated, yucky and extensive. I had only a short time to meet with Mr. Madden and he caught on quickly to the severity. After filing for my Temporary order without representation and making many rookie mistakes, Mr.Madden was able to clean them up. He sifted through all the complicated evidence and was able to provide a clear account of my suffering. Just yesterday we went to trial and I was granted a permanent restringing order. I now feel safe for the first time in 3 years. As all cases are important to those involved, this was particularity sensitive for my family. My Fiance being a Physician, myself a Teacher and Business Owner with a blended family, life is already stressful enough. Being harassed for the pure fact of wanting to live our lives together was daunting to say the least. Mr. Madden winning our case means I will be safe at my work places, safe to parent my soon to be step son and safe to move forward with our wedding without the fear of the unknown. Mr.Madden's professionalism and his caring nature has changed our lives, I feel extremely confident in recommending him and will be hiring him again this week to push forward with my Fiance's portion of our case.
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Posted by matthew | June 27, 2014
James , a hero to me and my daughter
I came in frantic on a emergency situation, my 16yr old daughter was in some danger , a runaway from a unsafe environment, when she would come to me for help and I couldn't protect her and she was put back into the same situation and continued to runaway, there was nothing I could do as I had 0 physical or legal custody in over 8 years. I brought everything I could with me but it just didn't seem like enough on paperwork for me to get any of my rights back let alone custody. I knew I couldn't do this alone as that route failed for me many times in the past. I called his office around 11am on Monday was given a appointment for the following Tues which was 8 days away!! I explained the I needed help much faster than that! James agreed and had me come in at 5pm, he also explained to me I made it very difficult for him but he would gladly try to help. After over 10yrs of fighting alone , JAMES STEPPED UP FOR ME AND HAD MY DAUGHTER SAFELY OFF THE STREETS AND PROTECTED BY FRIDAY AFTERNOON. I can not THANK JAMES D. MADDEN enough. this is no doubt my best day in court during the entire process and I wish I would have went to Howington & Associates on day 1, but even with all my mistakes they handled my case with the upmost priority and came out with extraordinary results.
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Posted by Deborah | June 26, 2013
Responsive and Effective Defense
James was fantastic! Responsive, aggressive and fair in handling my daughters case. My daughter is a good kid who got caught in a bad place. James not only got her case dismissed but went the extra mile in helping me as a parent educate and put a healthy dose of fear in her to change her habits and her friends. I would use James again for any criminal related case because he is very strategic. He had laid out several possible plans of action depending on the way the case proceeded and stayed with us throughout. A real gem!
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Posted by T. Murdock | February 11, 2013
HONEST & TRUSTWORTHY!
James Madden and his paralegal are trully genuine great people! After talking to several attorneys and the circumstances I was up against they were by my side the entire way! The cost was reasonable and they went beyone their means to assist me in my matter! Both James and Angelica are very knowledgable! James is an incredible attorney and Angelica is such a professional and an amazing human being! They were both sensative to my case and got involved as if they were fighting it for themselves! Looking at the odds I never imagined the results that we got! And for that I am so thankful to them both! My calls were answered day and night and even on the weekends! I would highly recommend attorney James Madden he is honest and will give you the true facts pertaining to your case.
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Posted by Kenny | February 11, 2013
He's the best and will get you the results you want!!!!
I never imagined divorce would be this difficult to go through, especially after moving cross country to be with my family. When it came evident that my marriage was headed for divorce I started calling different attorney's. The free consultations on the average lasted between 20-30minutes and I wasn't impressed with their responses. So I did more research online about Law firms that are advocates for father's rights and HOLSTROM, SISSUNG, MARKS & ANDERSON, APLC was the best for my situation and their reviews were outstanding!!!! Their free consultation lasted about an hour and they didn't try to rush me off the phone like some other firms!!! Mr. Madden and his paralegal had me come in and right away they made me feel at home. Mr.Madden did a great job of preparing me for what was ahead and educating me on the legal aspect of divorce pertaining to California laws. In court he did a FANTASTIC JOB OF FIGHTING FOR ME AND LISTENING TO WHAT I WANTED!!!! Mr. Madden, his paralegal, and the entire firm makes me feel like family each time I walk through the door especially with me not being from California that is important to me. Mr.Madden and his team have gone far and beyond to help me. They respond quickly to my concerns with professionalism and efficiency!! He was able to get custody for me and protect me as an individual. I don't know where I would be without Mr.Madden concerning the most important matter in my life which is my daughter and protecting my rights as a FATHER!!!!!!!
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Posted by T. Murdock | February 5, 2013
Custody & Family Law
The greatest thing that could of happened to me was walking into James Madden's office and meeting his paralegal! She took charge of my situation put me in contact directly with Mr. Madden and assisted me in a time that I felt my entire world was coming to an end! Dealing with a custody battle out of state and re-gaining full legal custody of my daughter with the help of this dynamic duo, I am forever greatful! Mr. Madden fought and never gave up worked day and night along with his paralegal. They both would call me and when it came down to flying to pick up my daughter they rejoiced along with me! My case was very complex and they achieved what everyone said I would never gain! I highly recommend James Madden as an attorney. For ever thankful T. Murdock
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Posted by Kelley | June 26, 2012
BEST DUI Lawyer
Was arrested for 2nd DUI and contacted Mr. Madden and the results were beyond my expectations! I'm just sorry I didn't use him for the 1st one. Thank you so much.
Posted by Chris | May 18, 2012
Big Help!
Stuck in a bad divorce with kids involved. Mr. Madden helped to alleviate the bitter tension and actually got us working together for the good of our twins.
Posted by Lorraine | May 6, 2012
Child Support & Custody
Mr. Madden represented me for my child support and custody case. From the initial consultation, throughout court hearings and until the end, Mr. Madden understood my concerns and goals I wanted to accomplish with my case. During such a difficult time for my children and I, Mr. Madden's representation brought peace and balance back in our lives. The final custody orders were in my favor and child support as well. I'm extremely pleased with outcome of my case and would highly recommend Mr. Madden. Thank you for all your professionalism and services.
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Posted by Lee | May 6, 2012
Restored my faith!
I am like most people who, when faced with a situation that requires legal help, was completely overwhelmed. I was in the midst of a nasty custody battle and to honest, I was getting my butt kicked. I found Mr. Madden through this site as well as through a recommendation from a friend. I was amazed at how Mr. Madden took charge and turned everything around. I could not be more happy with the results. Mr. Madden got the judge to see the truth and I now have primary custody of my daughter. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
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Posted by Megan Conrad | January 24, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wronged in divorce
Just wanted to leave a review for Jim madden. He accepted $8000 from my mother to assist her in a rough divorce from an abusive spouse. He helped get the divorce decree finalized and set up all the terms that need to be followed. Come to find out, after the divorce was finalized, Jim actually does not follow through with the decree. Basically he isn't your lawyer anymore so the decree does not matter, basically just a piece of paper that was written up for no reason. SEVERAL terms in my mothers decree have been violated and she is forced to deal with an abusive ex spouse which she thought she paid Jim to do. It is so sad to see my mother think she found a lawyer that would help, and come to find out he lied to her about everything. Very disappointed in this company.
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Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Took my money and bailed
A few years back I hired James for a complicated custody case. His paralegal made it seem like I had nothing to worry about and it turned out later about 90% of the info she gave me was wrong. James up and left to some other law firm after doing NOTHING on my case. Literally nothing. They never even filed a single paper with the court. He made up some story about a big lawyer retiring and making some super lawyer team up in his place. Total BS. But to keep his representation, I would have to pay an entire new retainer. They sent me a bill for some BS charges so they wouldn't have to pay me back and that was the end of it. I'm still considering complaining to the BAR.
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Response from James Madden January 16, 2017
Please know that each review is taken very seriously. The grave allegations contained in the above post are impossible to respond to under any circumstance when the post is signed "Anonymous". Notwithstanding, it goes without saying that the claims made are flatly denied and any opportunity to discuss the apparent dispute would be welcome.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Michael J. La Cilento
  • 2005 - Present

Education

  • University of La Verne College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Kuczma v. Peterson
  • Still ongoing

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Attorney endorsements

Received (36)
Given (35)
Endorse James
Unknown Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. JAMES HAS HEART AND A GREAT LAWYER. HE WRITES WELL AND IS ALWAYS PREPARED IN Court. Jim has compassion and highly recommend him!"
Unknown Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of speaking with James at a legal function not long ago. I found him to be extremely knowledgeable about the law and equally important, a caring advocate for his clients. I certainly endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Domestic violence Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"12 years of law practice is what we refer to as experienced. Knowledge of both the law and procedure is excellent as is evident from his pro bono contributions. Client reviews are stellar. READ THEM! Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation with him first."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is always prepared for court and is dedicated to his clients. He is highly respected amongst his peers and by judicial officers."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. James is a highly skilled and trustworthy attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child support Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this individual as a highly respected and knowledgable lawyer in their practice."
Child custody Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Atty. Madden is a highly respected attorney with a sharp legal mind; I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Domestic violence Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Madden is a very respected attorney in the legal community. He volunteers his time to Avvo by providing experienced, thoughtful, and knowledgeable answers. He's a great asset to the legal community."
Child support Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. One of the top attorneys in the region."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Highly regarded lawyer. Mr. Madden is an experienced attorney. I endorse him as a lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
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Upland Divorce and separation Lawyer James D. Madden
James D. Madden
Divorce and separation Attorney
Upland, CA
Licensed for 21 years
Free Consultation